(UAE)

Students in Abu Dhabi have helped set a Guinness World Record for the ‘largest environmental sustainability lesson’.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize, a renowned ‘renewable energy and sustainability prize’ has received the accolade after 282 UAE students participated in a lesson at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi. Illac Angelo Diaz, Executive Director of Liter of Light, the non-profit winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2015 gave the lecture.

The 30-minute lesson focused on inspiring solutions to reduce energy poverty. And nearly 2,500 solar lanterns were laid as a tribute to the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed, as part of the event.

“This record-breaking event is an inspirational way to mark the Year of Zayed and the 10-year anniversary of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, established in honour of Sheikh Zayed’s environmental legacy and vision. The last decade has seen the lives of millions of people positively impacted by the prize’s many winners, of whom Liter of Light is truly a shining example. Today’s gathering highlights the critical importance of youth in driving forward the renewable energy and sustainability conversation, and the power they have as change agents, now and for the future,” said Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize.